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Kindergarten Music

April 13, 2022 | Aiko Mauldin

In Kindergarten music, we use our whole body.


We start the year with voice exploration.  We learn to use our voice in many different ways – speaking, shouting, whispering, singing.  Then we add the special voice – the silent voice.  We continue our voice expiration combined with musical elements.  Loud, soft. High and low. Solo and ensemble. Fast and slow. While singing and playing the traditional musical circle games from many different cultures, we are learning how to use our voices in musical ways.

Watch Kindergarten students playing a singing game, Circle ‘Round the Zero below.

In the winter term, our focus shifts to include classroom instruments. The students learned to play the hand drums, egg shakers, rhythm sticks, boom whackers, and even tubanos. All our work involves the whole body – starting with the voice, our first instrument, and then ears for careful listening. Our hearts for feeling the beat. Keeping the steady beat with our hands on the instruments. How do we hold the instrument so that we can create the most beautiful sound? How do we listen and play at the same time? What sound goes with this song? We are constantly learning.

Now that spring is here, we are fully blossoming in music. We play instruments and dance. We use colorful scarves to show the forms and structures of a piece of music. We sing, dance, move, listen, understand, and create. We improvise while singing and keeping the beat of the song.

We can’t wait to share our learning with you! Stay tuned for the information on the Spring Concert to come in May!

At Mustard Seed School we use the Kodály Methodology for music education. If you’d like to read more about it, click here.

Aiko Mauldin

Coleman Fung Chair for Music; Director of Songsters, Choristers, and Music Educator for Grades K-5; Worship Leader

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Aiko Mauldin started her musical training at the age of three when her mother enrolled her at a piano studio next door so that she could have peace and quiet for 30 minutes a week. Ms. Mauldin soon fell in love with Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Liszt, and especially Bach. She had her first official debut performance at the age of 11 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. At this time, Ms. Mauldin did not speak any English, but she soon discovered the power of music as a language permeating all cultures and nations. Through her love of music, she has made lifelong friends.

Since her childhood, Ms. Mauldin has moved from place to place, including Tokyo, London, San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, and of course, New Jersey. Her favorite thing to do when not teaching or playing the piano is to cook food from different cultures and to enjoy it with her family. Her favorite quote is from her mother: "I never dreamed that you would be performing recorders at Carnegie Hall!"

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